2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 943. Crimes against property.
943.28 Loan sharking prohibited.

943.28

943.28 Loan sharking prohibited.

943.28(1)

(1) For the purposes of this section:

943.28(1)(a)

(a) To collect an extension of credit means to induce in any way any person to make repayment thereof.

943.28(1)(b)

(b) An extortionate extension of credit is any extension of credit with respect to which it is the understanding of the creditor and the debtor at the time it is made that delay in making repayment or failure to make repayment could result in the use of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to the person, reputation or property of any person.

943.28(1)(c)

(c) An extortionate means is any means which involves the use, or an express or implicit threat of use, of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to the person, reputation or property of any person.

943.28(2)

(2) Whoever makes any extortionate extension of credit, or conspires to do so, if one or more of the parties to the conspiracy does an act to effect its object, is guilty of a Class F felony.

943.28(3)

(3) Whoever advances money or property, whether as a gift, as a loan, as an investment, pursuant to a partnership or profit-sharing agreement, or otherwise, for the purpose of making extortionate extensions of credit, is guilty of a Class F felony.

943.28(4)

(4) Whoever knowingly participates in any way in the use of any extortionate means to collect or attempt to collect any extension of credit, or to punish any person for the nonrepayment thereof, is guilty of a Class F felony.

943.28 - ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 173; 1995 a. 225; 2001 a. 109.

943.28 - ANNOT.

An extortionate extension of credit under sub. (1) (b) is not restricted to the original extension of credit, but includes renewals of loans. State v. Green, 208 Wis. 2d 290, 560 N.W.2d 295 (Ct. App. 1997), 96-0652.

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